Important question of the day: Did global warming cause the Syrian conflict? Did it?

posted at 9:21 pm on September 9, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

You’ve probably heard the crazed theories about how global warming is somehow the real driver behind some imagined increase in crime, because warmer temperatures create weather and climate conditions that increase tension among human populations. This is pretty much just taking that up a notch, via the Daily Caller:

According to Francesco Femia, co-founder of the Center for Climate and Security, the Syrian conflict that has caught the attention of the world was preceded by the “worst long-term drought and most severe set of crop failures since agricultural civilizations began in the Fertile Crescent.”

The severe drought, combined with massive crop failures and poor agricultural policy on the part of the Assad regime, forced mass migrations from the countryside to cities that were already hard-pressed by refugees from Iraq, Femia argues. Military analysts overlooked these factors and argued that Syria would be immune to the civil unrest that had previously swept through authoritarian Middle Eastern regimes. …

“Climate change primarily manifests itself through water,” Femia added. “But it varies; different kinds of water, different ways. It can lead to more extreme weather events: either a drought or a major storm or an amount of rainfall that’s unusual and leads to flooding. It’s not just scarcity, it’s too much, too little and unpredictably.”

“Climate change is going to have security implications across the globe and conflict is just one area of concern,” Femia said.

Femia was clear that, oh no, he is most certainly “not making any causal claims about climate change causing conflict,” but merely that climate change is a “threat multiplier” — which is really a conveniently vague layup for claiming that just about everything and anything is partially attributable to climate change and the weather it brings about. How this means that our current weather and climate-change conditions, both of which existed long before humankind, are somehow now having more of an effect on humankind’s actions than ever before, eludes me.

Anyhow. If you haven’t yet, I urge you to read Jazz’s weekend post on the sudden, vengeful, and completely, wildly unexpected return of the Arctic ice cap, which the apparently hostage-taking scientific community assured us via “settled science” we probably weren’t destined to ever see again. Weird, right?


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No.

KCB on September 9, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Yes. But it also caused Putin to save us. Think about it! It used to be too cold in Russia to save American presidents from themselves. Not any more.

Thank you, SUVs!

happytobehere on September 9, 2013 at 9:24 PM

No – La Nina did it.

OldEnglish on September 9, 2013 at 9:24 PM

no…because it’s called Weather and we don’t control the Weather.

workingclass artist on September 9, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Comical. Delusional. God save us from these idiots.

Midas on September 9, 2013 at 9:27 PM

http://wattsupwiththat.com/

The Maslowski Countdown

Ice Free Arctic 2013

September 22nd, 2013

13 days to go.

INC on September 9, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Yes it did because science has proven that there were no wars or armed conflicts before the creation of the SUV.

Bishop on September 9, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Global Stupid did.

And that is temperature independent.

ajacksonian on September 9, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Meanwhile, on relevant issues, we’re being BETRAYED! *again*

predator on September 9, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Important question of the day: Did global warming cause the Syrian conflict? Did it?
===================

In some bizarre twist,excess AssadGas,..(methane) from the Aliwite
Party,converged with Sunni Gas,

heating up the region,to release er,expell Chemical Weapon Gas!
(snark)

canopfor on September 9, 2013 at 9:35 PM

I understand Reid said that “Syria committed a clear violation of human decency.”
Reid: Syria committed clear violation of human decency

IF an committing a clear violation of human decency was sufficient provocation for a military strike… Hollywood would be a smouldering pit by now.

thatsafactjack on September 9, 2013 at 9:38 PM

predator on September 9, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Good evening, Predator. :)

Thanks for the link. I’ll add it to my folder of GOP betrayals.

thatsafactjack on September 9, 2013 at 9:40 PM

AGW “side effects may include: nausea, vomiting, water weight gain, lower back pain, receding hairline, eczema, seboria, soriasis, itching, chafing clothing, liver spots, blood clots, ringworm, excessive body odor, uneven tire wear, pyorrhea, gonorrhea, diarrhea, halitosis, scoliosis, loss of bladder control, hammertoe, the shanks, low sperm count, warped floors, cluttered drawers, hunchback, heart attack, low resale value on your home… feline leukemia, athlete’s foot, head lice, clubfoot, MS, MD, VD, fleas, anxiety, sleeplessness, drowsiness, poor gas mileage, tooth decay, parvo, warts, unibrow, lazy eye, fruit flies, chest pains, clogged drains, hemorrhoids, dry heaving and sexual dysfunction.”

Thank you Jeff Foxworthy

dentarthurdent on September 9, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Straight to the comments…

Decoski on September 9, 2013 at 9:41 PM

an …an . *sigh*

thatsafactjack on September 9, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Good evening, Predator. :)

Thanks for the link. I’ll add it to my folder of GOP betrayals.

thatsafactjack on September 9, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Evening, m’lady. Please do. This party must either be taken over by true patriots, or another one must rise.

It is our only hope.

predator on September 9, 2013 at 9:44 PM

predator on September 9, 2013 at 9:44 PM

We are in complete agreement regarding the political class…and the GOP in particular.

Save a dance for me in the Glade. :)

thatsafactjack on September 9, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Absolutely. People do crazy things when suffering from heat stroke. Draw red lines.

Buddahpundit on September 9, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Save a dance for me in the Glade. :)

thatsafactjack on September 9, 2013 at 9:45 PM

At your leisure, m’lady. You need but ask.

*bows*

predator on September 9, 2013 at 9:50 PM

**** Global Warming New Ice Sheet ****************!!

And now it’s global COOLING!
Record return of Arctic ice cap as it grows by 60% in a year
************************************************************

Almost a million more square miles of ocean covered with ice than in 2012
BBC reported in 2007 global warming would leave Arctic ice-free in summer by 2013
Publication of UN climate change report suggesting global warming caused by humans pushed back to later this month

By David Rose

PUBLISHED: 23:37 GMT, 7 September 2013 | UPDATED: 12:01 GMT, 8 September 2013
**************

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2415191/Global-cooling-Arctic-ice-caps-grows-60-global-warming-predictions.html

canopfor on September 9, 2013 at 9:51 PM

canopfor on September 9, 2013 at 9:51 PM

…as always…thank you!

KOOLAID2 on September 9, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Syria 101: The Ultimate Infographic
Tyler Durden’s picture
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 09/09/2013 21:49 -0400
====================================================

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-09-09/syria-101-ultimate-infographic

http://www.mapsofworld.com/poll/images/will-strikes-end-conflict-in-syria-facts-infographic.jpg

canopfor on September 9, 2013 at 9:58 PM

canopfor on September 9, 2013 at 9:51 PM

…as always…thank you!

KOOLAID2 on September 9, 2013 at 9:57 PM

KOOLAID2:Truth to Power sumpins………————————:0

canopfor on September 9, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Absolutely. People do crazy things when suffering from heat stroke. Draw red lines.

Buddahpundit on September 9, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Buddahpundit:Lol,in the sand,no doubt!:)

canopfor on September 9, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Bah, the USDA didn’t make a big deal out of the below normal precipitation in Syria and their report for Syria estimated wheat yields for 2012-2013 would be up 4% in a market where 53% of wheat production is irrigated and 47% rainfed.

The USDA did make note of drought but only mentioned the year 2008. Their map of % of normal rainfall shows roughly half the country above normal and half below normal. An excerpt:

Seasonal cumulative rainfall in the major wheat growing regions of western and north-central Syria was especially favorable this year, being near-to-above normal. However, much of the major producing northeastern governorate of Al-Hasakah received 50 percent of normal rainfall or less – causing stressful growing conditions in its major rainfed cropping areas. Early season rainfall in the autumn of 2011 was very beneficial in virtually every major growing area, allowing farmers to get crops planted in a timely fashion. Crop emergence and establishment was also favorable in most areas before the cooler winter temperatures arrived. For the most part, rainfall was well-distributed throughout Syria during the 2012 wheat growing season, ensuring that even in the drier areas regular light showers kept crops progressing through each growth stage.

Francesco “worst long-term drought and most severe set of crop failures since agricultural civilizations began in the Fertile Crescent” Femia is a clown who’s trolling for grant money.

Dusty on September 9, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Mediaite ‏@Mediaite 1m

Hannity Panel Blows Up Over Syria: ‘Either You Go Into a War to Win, or You Don’t Go In!’ http://bit.ly/1ayaIG7 (VIDEO)
============================================================

Hannity Panel Gets Heated Over Syria: ‘Either You Go Into a War to Win, or You Don’t Go In!’
by Josh Feldman | 10:06 pm, September 9th, 2013
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http://www.mediaite.com/tv/hannity-panel-gets-heated-over-syria-either-you-go-into-a-war-to-win-or-you-dont-go-in/

canopfor on September 9, 2013 at 10:11 PM

I blame the vegans.

jimver on September 9, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Did global warming cause the Syrian conflict? Did it?

No, Mohammed did.

*~@>:-{>

Where’s Murphy? I bet his pic is better…

Fallon on September 9, 2013 at 10:13 PM

I blame the vegans.

jimver on September 9, 2013 at 10:11 PM

I blame people who don’t eat pork – which would of course include vegans….

dentarthurdent on September 9, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Considering that Syria is just the latest chapter in that continuing psychodrama known as “Kill Everybody In The Name Of Allah!“, that has been running in the Islamic Crescent since the 7th century A.D., my guess would be, “no”.

After all, it survived the Medieval Warm Period, the Little Ice Age, the Renaissance Warming, the Mini Ice Age (1700s to mid-1800s), and the weather effects of Mt. Tambora (1816), Krakatau (1883), and Tunguska (1908).

In short, weather, or even famine, seems to have little or no effect on the Islamic world’s predilection for slaughtering anything that moves. Including each other.

Progressives, of course, would rather blame a non-existent phenomenon that they created to propagandize for total power, than admit that a culture they idolize is based on not merely fallacy, but quite probably insanity.

clear ether

eon

eon on September 9, 2013 at 10:38 PM

It’s the growing Arctic Ice Cap. The Syrian muzzies took it for a yarmulke.

viking01 on September 10, 2013 at 1:27 AM

What global warming?

Top climate scientists say there is no man-made Global Warming.

The Great Global Warming Swindle
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtevF4B4RtQ

Global Warming Doomsday Called Off
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fr5O1HsTVgA&playnext=1&list=PLC012004CB098DE90&feature=results_main

———————–

Axion on September 10, 2013 at 2:28 AM

It’s the growing Arctic Ice Cap. The Syrian muzzies took it for a yarmulke.

viking01 on September 10, 2013 at 1:27 AM

Well they’re wrong. If you look at a map of America, Florida has not been circumcised.

Squiggy on September 10, 2013 at 5:41 AM

Actually, I don’t find this as far-fetched as some. While I think we all know that Global Warming aka Climate Change is total crap, there is evidence that demonstrates that on a biological scale, extreme heat and lack of resources tend to make people a little more desperate and violent. Its correlative enough to be notable, even if causation is a stretch. While I wouldn’t go so far as to say that the Syrian Crisis was CAUSED by Global Warming (LOL!) we COULD probably say that a reduction in resources did contribute.

eyesights on September 10, 2013 at 7:36 AM

Of course AGW cause this Syrian conflict –as it did Lybia, Benghazi, Eygpt etc.
The science goes like this: all these terrorist folks live in hot desert regions. When the heat increases, as we know from watching our inner cities in the summer, folks get testy. When folks get testy, they tend to start trouble. Trouble expands with the heat and becomes war–hence the reason that our peace-prize loving Commander-in-chief is dead set upon ridding the free world of conflict causing heat.
If he could save one life by destroying the western world’s economies it would be worth it.
The next move from the White House is to confiscate all vehicles that use carbon and give back fair value–a free jackass with enough food stamps to keep it moving for a year( or until after he takes the house back in 2014)

Don L on September 10, 2013 at 8:26 AM

“Redskins lose, blame global warming. Film at 11.”

Akzed on September 10, 2013 at 9:01 AM

our peace-prize loving Commander-in-chief is dead Don L on September 10, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Expect a visit from the SS as soon as NSA sees this.

Akzed on September 10, 2013 at 9:02 AM

If he could save one life by destroying the western world’s economies it would be worth it.

Don L on September 10, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Why would a rabidly pro-partial birth abortion supporter care about saving a life?

But yeah, I suppose, if it were one of his cronies, maybe.

Sterling Holobyte on September 10, 2013 at 9:20 AM

http://wattsupwiththat.com/

The Maslowski Countdown

Ice Free Arctic 2013

September 22nd, 2013

13 days to go.

INC on September 9, 2013 at 9:28 PM

They’d better hurry up and bring those portable heaters up there then. They’ve got a lot of melting to do.

Sterling Holobyte on September 10, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Thanks for the link. I’ll add it to my folder of GOP betrayals.

thatsafactjack on September 9, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Paraphrasing Roy Scheider “You’re gonna need a bigger folder”.

Oldnuke on September 10, 2013 at 9:37 AM